The Nissan Leaf (stylized as the LEAF) is an electric hatchback model produced and sold by the Nissan Motor Corporation. The Leaf is one of the most popular and long-running EV models in America and worldwide. In fact, it was the best-selling electric car of all time until early 2020, when its accomplishment was usurped by the Tesla Model 3.
Introduced in 2010, the Nissan Leaf was heavily lauded, winning several automotive awards solely for its green and eco-friendly powertrain in addition to being named the 2011 European Car of the Year, the 2011 Japan Car of the Year, and the 2011 World Car of the Year. Furthermore, the Nissan Leaf was a massive success in the U.S. for much of the 2010s, despite American drivers’ early reluctance to adopt EVs and compact cars.
In our modern age, the Nissan Leaf is a veteran of the electric vehicle market and continues to hold its own against newer EV models, at least for now. Its main competitors include the Chevy Bolt EV, the Hyundai Kona Electric, and the Kia Niro EV.
- 2022 Nissan Leaf (Starting MSRP $27,400)
- Pros: As one of the most successful EV models, the Nissan Leaf offers a roomy interior and plenty of standard technology for a competitive price.
- Cons: Elsewhere, the Leaf begins to show its age with a lower electric driving range than its competitors and somewhat dull, if reliable, performance.
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